XBox One, the Anti-Consumer Console

Posted: June 8, 2013 in Games, Technoloy
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It has been several days since Microsoft unveiled their next-generation console, the Xbox One. It’s a fat slab of box reminiscent of the Betamax players of old. But don’t let the appearance fool you, this one’s got some niceties underneath that fugly look.

xboxone-640x441Too bad those new features are overshadowed by yet again another anti-consumer move.

Before it was even unveiled, rumors circulated that Microsoft was planning to kill off used games, and worse, require the console to be always online. This issue boiled over when a Creative Director at Microsoft by the name of Adam Orth posted tweets that were basically insults. Bloggers and tweeters called Orth on it and Microsoft had to distance itself, and Orth ultimately got sacked. Score one for the little guys!


You’d think Microsoft would get a hint based on what happened to Orth. You’d have thought wrong.

For it was only a couple days ago, when Microsoft officially announced that this new console needs to phone home, check-in at least once every 24 hours just so you can continue playing your games, even offline.

With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.

There is absolutely no reason that would benefit the consumer in requiring to check-in – not daily, not weekly, not monthly, not ever! Okay, maybe there are – game patches, for one, but those can be ignored and you’d still get to play your single-player game offline. And they don’t justify reporting back to the mother-ship every so often. The only logical reason Microsoft is enforcing this 24-hour check-in policy is because of DRM. Time and again, DRM has proved to just be a pain-in-the-you-know-what to legitimate users.

Sony has yet to address the same issue. We expect to hear more from their side at E3 later this month. I do hope Sony recognizes the golden opportunity they have here. But I’m not holding my breath, as Sony has been known to disregard consumer welfare before.

I appeal to everyone to please spread the word, let us vote with our wallets and not buy this console when it finally comes out. Let’s make our voices heard for once, and show Microsoft that we mean business!


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